WBUR’s investigative team is a powerhouse of dogged journalists with decades of experience who relentlessly pursue the truth and hold institutions and people to account.
Since its launch in November of 2018 under Christine Willmsen, managing editor of investigations, the team has produced dozens of radio and digital stories that shine a light on wrongdoing in our communities and have prompted critical changes. The investigations team includes Todd Wallack, former WBUR deputy managing editor and Boston Globe data reporter, and Patrick Madden, former regional news director of WWNO in New Orleans.
Each journalist is nationally recognized for producing award-winning stories that expose corruption and abuse at government agencies and businesses. The impact of the team’s work is profound, changing the lives of listeners and readers, revealing systemic problems that impact public policy and demanding government transparency.
Teaming up with beat reporters, the investigative team chases and deeply reports out watchdog stories on a wide breadth of subjects that affect the lives of Bostonians and people throughout Massachusetts and New England.
If you have a story idea or tip about injustice, government waste or wrongdoing that you’d like to share with the team, please email email@example.com or call 1-800-332-9287.
You can read the investigative unit’s award-winning work here, and listen on WBUR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Radio Boston, as well as on The Common, the outlet’s daily local news podcast. Stories are often aired and published on national public radio programs including Here & Now and NPR. The team regularly collaborates with ProPublica and other news outlets to co-publish its compelling work.
Headlines from WBUR's investigative team's impactful and awarding-winning journalism include:
- Mass. has a huge waitlist for state-funded housing. So why are 2,300 units vacant?
- Mass. homebuyers pay hidden fees to lawyers for title insurance, with no state oversight
- Boston police bought spy tech with pot of money hidden from public
- It’s easy for police to seize money. Worcester district attorney makes it hard to get it back.
- A WBUR investigative series found when people suffered from dire medical conditions in Massachusetts jails, they were often ignored and mistrusted, with fatal consequences
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